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Lanesboro City Council Report: Spring cleaning time

Fri, Apr 20th, 2007
Posted in Government

After opening and then closing the Board of Appeals and Equalization with absolutely no citizen comment, the Lanesboro City Council focused on cleaning up Lanesboro at their regular council meeting April 16. A citywide cleanup is planned for Earth Day, April 28 starting as early as eight a.m. City Administrator Bobbie Torgerson urged the council as well as all citizens to join in cleaning the city. Council member Kevin Drake and Torgerson will lead tours of the utility plant including demonstrations of the water wheel. They will be giving away free energy efficient light bulbs to encourage residents to switch to the power saving bulbs.

Garbage bags and gloves will be available to volunteers at City Hall. Torgerson pointed out that geo-caching would be happening at the same time so volunteers could participate in that while also cleaning up the city. The river will also get a spring cleanup; Root River Outfitters and Little River General Store will provide canoes to aid in the cleanup.

Appliances may be brought to the softball field for disposal. Elderly residents who need help with appliance and brush pickup are urged to call City Hall.

Other cleanups

Apparently some people in their cleanup fervor have used the brush dump as a garbage and junk dump. With garbage cans, metal, and roofing materials left at the brush dump, the city has found it necessary to lock the gate. People wishing to take lawn and garden refuse to the brush dump will now have to stop at City Hall to check out the gate key. Torgerson assured the council the brush dump would, however, be open all day on April 28 for the citywide cleanup.

Sylvan Park will soon see some cleanup and refreshing as well; the aging picnic shelter in the camping area will be taken down and replaced. The Park Board is checking into the cost of removing blacktop and planting grass around the rain garden area. If the rain garden doesn't work then, the board will consider installing a pump there.

Other business

In other business the council:

• approved a request for the creation of a Sunday night softball league;

• heard the library report from Vince Jeannette informing them a recent fundraising dance garnered $530 for a 24/7 bookdrop and that Laura Gudmunson would be leading the summer reading program;

• approved Torgerson attending NIMS (National Incident Management System) training for two days, necessary to comply with FEMA requirements;

• granted gambling permits to the Turkey Federation and the Chamber of Commerce (one for the raffle of a quilt for the benefit of the ambulance and one for Buffalo Bill Days);

• heard in Torgerson's report that the city was doing well; supplies for the park will be monitored better this year after going $6,000 over budget last year;

• were reminded there would be a 1 1?2 to 2 hour meeting for the Town Meeting Initiative Monday, April 23 with daycare provided;

• accepted gravel bids from Orville Sorum and Sons ($6.70 per ton delivered) with Knife River ($6.97 per ton delivered) as a secondary source;

• were encouraged to join Torgerson in a round table discussion with members of Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce when they tour Lanesboro May 10.

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